Huber Sentenced to 30 Years 05 Sep 12

The rural Paynesville man charged with shooting and killing a man after an apparent argument was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum sentence allowed.

82-year-old Delbert Edwin Huber was sentenced to 367 months, slightly more than 30 years in prison, for shooting and killing 43-year-old Timothy Richard Larson last October in Kandiyohi County.

The sentence, handed down by District Judge Michael J. Thompson, is the maximum length of imprisonment allowed under state guidelines for second-degree murder. Huber pleaded guilty last month as part of a plea agreement.

Huber and his son, 46-year-old Timothy Huber were both indicted on first-degree murder charges for the October 8th killing. The first-degree murder charge against Delbert Huber was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The West Central Tribune reports that before he was sentenced, Delbert Huber told a rambling story about how he had told Larson to put a furnace in his father’s home and that when Larson did not do so, Huber would no longer allow Larson to hunt on his land.

Huber alleged that after he forbid Larson to hunt on his land, Larson harassed him and his son by vandalizing their equipment, threatened them by connecting them to the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling — the boy who was kidnapped in 1989 near St. Joseph and has never been found — and threatened the hunters whom the Hubers allowed on their land.

Huber also alleged that Larson threatened to kill him and his son when Larson found the Hubers and their farm equipment on his father Norman Larson’s farm place. Huber also alleged that Timothy Larson took $50 from his son’s wallet and then vandalized their tractors.